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Meet Dr. Nelson



As the son of an orthodontist, I was fortunate to grow up in the wonderful world of orthodontics! My father, James, practiced orthodontics in Ballard and Magnolia for more than 40 years. As a high school student, I worked in my father’s lab making orthodontic study models and appliances. Before entering dental school, I spent a year working as an assistant in my father's Ballard office. Those years working for my father gave me a great appreciation for the impact orthodontics has in our patients’ lives.

Following my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA in 1996. I then completed my two-year orthodontic residency at the University of the Pacific in 1998, receiving my Master’s degree and Orthodontic Certificate.

Upon graduation, I considered many different options to begin my career, ultimately choosing to start my own practice from the “ground up” on the Sammamish Plateau. It was a great decision! I have been in practice for 18 years and I'm so grateful to practice in such a wonderful community. 

Outside of work, I can be found spending time with my wife and four children. I love coaching, playing, and watching sports, particularly football, basketball, and golf. I also love watching many of my patients play for the Eastlake, Eastside Catholic, and Skyline football and basketball teams. I am active in my church and support many local and national charitable causes including Relay for Life and Mamma’s Hands, among many others.

Professional Memberships

  • Seattle King County Dental Society
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Cascade Orthodontic Study Club

Invisalign Elite Providers

Dr. Nelson & Dr. Steinhart have extensive experience and advanced training with Invisalign treatment. Both doctors have been recognized as Elite level Invisalign providers. Sammamish Orthodontics uses state of the art equipment & diagnostics, including the Itero scanner for impression-free Invisalign treatment. Learn More
“The friendly service and capable professionals have made our experience at Sammamish Orthodontics something to smile about. Thank you!.”
–Molly H.
“Sammamish Orthodontics gave me the smile that I’ve always wanted. It has given me the confidence and the self-esteem that has propelled me through life.”
“I love my teeth and I get compliments all the time on my smile. Dr. Nelson, Dr. Steinhart, and their staff are awesome; I loved going there for my appointments.”
–Cameron, Sammamish, WA
“My daughter had to wear braces for two years. It was a long process but we can't thank you enough for always making it an enjoyable experience when she walked in. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness, professionalism and the difference you made in our daughters smile!”
“Drs. Nelson & Steinert are wonderful! They don't use the cookie cutter approach to orthodontia; rather they truly evaluate the needs of each person and discuss the options with you. Everyone in the office is wonderful! My son looks forward to his appointments here.”
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